Dermabrasion, or microdermabrasion, helps to refine the skin’s top layers and softens the sharp edges of surface irregularities through controlled surgical scraping.

When is dermabrasion beneficial?

Dermabrasion is most often used to smooth facial skin scarred by acne, fine facial wrinkles, accidents, or previous surgery, and is also used in rosacea treatment. It’s also sometimes used to remove pre-cancerous growths called keratoses.

How is a dermabrasion performed?

This outpatient procedure can be performed anywhere from a few minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the area of skin involved. In a dermabrasion, the surgeon scrapes away the outermost layer of skin with a rough wire brush, or a burr containing diamond particles, attached to a motorized handle. This is done safely and until the scar or wrinkle appears less visible.

What results can I expect?

Directly after the procedure, you will probably experience some tingling, burning, aching, or red and swollen skin; any pain can be controlled with medications prescribed by your surgeon. The swelling will begin to subside within a few days to a week. The final, smoother results will appear gradually.

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